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Shocking Revelation: New House Speaker Denies Existence of Climate Change!

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Shocking Revelation: New House Speaker Denies Existence of Climate Change!

Republican Congressman Mike Johnson Denies Climate Change, Puts Black Communities at Risk

By Willy Blackmore

Originally appeared in Word in Black

In 2016, Louisiana experienced severe flooding, with the northwest part of the state, represented by Republican Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, being affected. While factors such as built-up silt in riverbeds and waterfront development played a role in the flooding, the primary cause is climate change. Shockingly, Johnson does not believe in climate change, putting Black American communities, who are disproportionately impacted by the climate crisis, at even greater risk.

The Impact of Climate Change and Johnson’s Denial

Record-breaking storms have caused rivers to crest higher and more often across the United States. Johnson’s refusal to acknowledge climate change as the primary driver of these events poses a significant obstacle to comprehensive climate legislation. This not only jeopardizes the future of climate policy in the country but also hinders efforts to protect vulnerable communities, such as majority-Black Shreveport.

Johnson’s Stance and the Influence of the Oil and Gas Industry

Johnson has consistently denied climate change, attributing it to natural cycles rather than human activities like driving SUVs. However, it is worth noting that the oil and gas industry contributes the most money to Johnson’s political campaigns, raising questions about his motivations. When the Green New Deal was introduced, Johnson dismissed it as a “thinly veiled attempt to implement socialist policies.”

The Racial Dimension of Flooding in Shreveport

Shreveport, Johnson’s hometown and the main population center of his district, has a history of redlining and flood-prone areas. Census records show that these predominantly Black neighborhoods are most affected by flooding. The intertwining issues of racism and climate change further underscore the urgency for climate action and equitable solutions.

The Urgency for Systemic Solutions

Unprecedented flooding events like Hurricane Harvey demonstrate the urgent need for systemic solutions to address the climate crisis. Johnson’s limited-government approach during disasters falls short in addressing the ongoing climate emergency. While federal funding for flood-protection projects has been announced, Johnson’s leadership has resulted in setbacks for carbon emissions reduction and climate change mitigation efforts.

Fossil Fuel Industry Influence and Extreme Views

Johnson’s close ties to the fossil fuel industry and his rejection of climate science raise concerns. Sierra Club Executive Director Ben Jealous notes that someone with extreme views and strong ties to the fossil fuel industry should not have such power and influence, especially during a time when bold action against climate change is crucial.

Conclusion

As Congressman Mike Johnson denies climate change and obstructs comprehensive climate legislation, Black communities bear the brunt of the climate crisis. Urgent action is needed to address the environmental and racial injustices intertwined in the fight against climate change.

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